Health and Well Being

Health and wellbeing

In health and physical education, the focus is on the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts.Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of this learning area:
Hauora – a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau, each one influencing and supporting the others.
Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.
The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.
Health promotion – a process that helps to develop and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and that involves students in personal and collective action.
The learning activities in health and physical education arise from the integration of the four concepts above, the following four strands and their achievement objectives, and seven key areas of learning.
The four strands are:Personal health and physical development, in which students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to maintain and enhance their personal well-being and physical developmentMovement concepts and motor skills, in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activityRelationships with other people, in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with othersHealthy communities and environments, in which students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.
The seven key areas of learning are:mental healthsexuality educationfood and nutritionbody care and physical safetyphysical activitysport studiesoutdoor education.
All seven areas are to be included in teaching and learning programmes at both primary and secondary levels.Note that:it is expected that schools will consult with their communities when developing health and sexuality education programmesit is expected that all students will have had opportunities to learn basic aquatics skills by the end of year 6 and practical cooking skills by the end of year 8 outdoor education programmes must follow safe practice and meet legal requirements.Health and physical education encompasses three different but related subjects: health education, physical education, and home economics. These subjects share a conceptual framework and achievement objectives.

Parents and Whanau Supporting Learning

Child Psychiatrist and NPDL advisor, Jean Clinton, explores well-being issues that address these challenging times. Please share with colleagues, families and anyone who can benefit from them.


TE RITO TOI HELPS TEACHERS work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events. It does that by providing research informed practical classroom activities and lesson plans to help children better understand their changed world and to begin to see themselves as being part of the promise of new and better futures. Te Rito Toi seeks to imbue the return to school with the joy, possibility and beauty of the arts to re-engage students with the wonder of learning. Te Rito Toi is based on understanding that the arts are uniquely placed to lead a return to productive learning when schools reopen.

Websites to encourage well being and exercise - Primary school age students

Just Dance videos

An excellent step up from Jump Jam for older students - more complex moves and require collaboration with a friend/s.

A series of videos for learning the Kiwi Can values at home